“For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.” (Isaiah 62:1)
Jerusalem’s 6th annual Festival of Light is inspiring the world to visit Israel’s ancient capital city.
The Old City has been aglow since Wednesday, as 17 acclaimed international light artists from the United States, Portugal, France, Germany and Holland skillfully project dramatic 3-D images and movies against its ancient stone walls and present interactive displays throughout the city.
At least 300,000 visitors are expected to see the 27 shows and displays on four miles of light trails, from the “Damascus Gate Chrysalis” in the north, along the city’s western wall’s “Sculpture Garden” and variable lighted palm trees to Jaffa Gate’s “Garden of Dreams,” which is designed with tens of thousands of LED lights.
From Jaffa Gate, visitors can continue to Zion Gate in the south or weave through the Old City where they might enter a forest of interactive lighted columns or watch a circus on the walls of Batei machseh Square, among other performances.
This light art extravaganza rivals those in the United Arab Emirates, Japan, China, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among other nations.
“Jerusalem is reclaiming her proper status as an international cultural center and magnet for large numbers of young people, tourists and visitors, who are coming to enjoy the intermingling of a glorious past history and heritage with a lively and colorful present,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, emphasizing the city’s international role in art and culture.
The radiant art is free to the public, who will enjoy the exhibition until June 19 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
“Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” (Isaiah 60:3)